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Beaches 2008!
Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference Program and Presentations

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Monday, 9/15

12-1 Beach 101
Introduction to Beach Monitoring led by Dr. Shannon Briggs, Holly Wirick, and David Rockwell. [Part II of presentation: here]

3-4 Beach 201
Beach Sanitary Surveys led by Dr. Julie Kinzelman, Dr. Greg Kleinheinz, and Dr. Colleen McDermott.

1-2 Beach 301
Source Tracking led by Sandy Morrison and Erin Dreelin.

2-3 Beach 401
Predictive Models led by Donna Francy.

4:30 – 6:30 Advisory Committee meeting for USGS ORPP Program.

6:45 – 8:00 Dinner/business meeting for Great Lakes Beach Association Board

Others, dinner on your own (dinner will be available at the Learning Center)

Tuesday, 9/16

8:00-8:10 Registration and orientation

8:10-8:30 Opening Remarks
Sheridan Haack, President, Great Lakes Beach Association

Costa Dillion, Superintendent, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, National Park Service

Beth LeaMond, Environmental Scientist, USEPA Office of Science and Technology

Jim Morris, USGS Ohio Water Science Center Director and Coordinator, USGS Ocean Research Priorities Plan Project

8:30- 9:30 Sand and Sediments: A Binational Issues (Doug Alley, Chair)

8:30- 9:00 - Dr. Roger Fujioka, University of Hawaii, Tropical Pacific:
Indigenous Populations of Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Tropical Soil and Sand Environments Necessitate Alternative Recreational Water Quality Standards

9:00-9:15 - Dr. Tom Edge, Environment Canada. Temperate Canada
Lake Ontario beach sand as a source of waterborne pathogens

9:15-9:30 - Dr. Richard Whitman, USGS, Porter, IN. Temperate US
Fecal indicators in foreshore sands are related to recreational closures and visitor beach contaminant exposure

9:30-10:30 Prospects and Challenges of QPCR for Enterococci (Charles Kovatch, USEPA, Chair)

Charles Kovatch, USEPA Washington DC
Overview of the EPA’s development of new recreation water criteria

Julie Kinzelman, Racine Health Department, Racine WI
QPCR and its impact on routine recreational water quality monitoring - a local public health lab experience

Donna Francy, USGS, Columbus, OH
Using rapid analytical methods for assessing recreational water quality at seven Lake Erie beaches

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Prospects and Challenges of QPCR for Enterococci, Continued

Joan Rose, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI
Application of PCR tools for assessing water quality and health risks

Toni Glymph, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, IL
Potential impacts of proposed new criteria to POTWs and permit compliance

Panel Discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch (box lunch available through Learning Center)

1:00-2:00 Sources (Doug Alley, Chair)

Michael J. Sadowsky, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Seasonal stability of the population structure of Cladophora-associated Salmonella in Lake Michigan watersheds

Allan S. Crowe and Greg A. Meek, Environment Canada, Burlington, ON
Modeling groundwater flow at the beach-lake interface and the implications for E. coli transport and persistence in the swash zone

Murulee Byappanahalli, USGS, Porter, IN
Yearlong occurrence and population characteristics of Escherichia coli and enterococci in deep backshore sand of two Lake Michigan beaches

2:00-3:00 Sanitary Survey Accomplishments (David Rockwell, Chair).

David Rockwell, USEPA, Chicago, IL
An Overview of the 2007 Pilot Sanitary Surveys and Great Lakes Regional Collaboration coastal health goals [presentation not yet available]

Peter G. Pittner, Miller Engineers & Scientists, and Gregory T. Kleinheinz, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
Case Study: Door County's use of sustainable beach design to minimize E. coli and other stormwater impacts

Lyman C. Welch, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Chicago, IL
Identification of potential beach pollution through volunteer Adopt-a-Beach TM program

Michael Adam, Lake County (IL) Health Department, and Mark A. Pfister, Lake County, IL
The Rosewood Beach ( Highland Park, IL) Sanitary Survey 2007-08

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Models and Forecasting ( Sheridan Haack, Chair)

Richard Whitman, USGS, Porter, IN
Oceans Research Priority Plan: Improving Great Lakes coastal recreational water quality monitoring and forecasting

Rick Jodoin and Sheridan Haack, USGS, Lansing, MI
A Great Lakes beach analysis tool utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS)—concept, prototype, and request for your input

Meredith Nevers, USGS, Porter, IN
Region-wide predictive beach models: Examples for Lake Michigan coastlines along Indiana and Chicago

David J. Schwab, NOAA, Ann Arbor, MI
Forecasts of potential tributary impacts on beaches at Grand Haven, MI and Indiana Dunes, IN

5:00-6:30 Poster Session

6:30-7:30 Dinner (Group dinner, BBQ), followed by campfire

Wednesday, 9/17

 8 – 10 Shannon Briggs /Sheridan Haack, Chairs: Monitoring Data: Getting the Report Right

Local, state, national, and international beach reporting formats will be reviewed and discussed with the intent to develop recommendations or guidelines that could be used to create reporting formats that provide accurate data summaries and comparisons from year to year and between beaches or beach programs.

10 -12 Charles Kovatch, Chair: A Dialog with EPA on QPCR

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the uses of QPCR, potential I improvements for monitoring programs that use QPCR, and the challenges of implementing QPCR.


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